For many families, the time of year with the Christmas Spirit in the air is when they most look forward to outings together. Christmas is a time of hope, love and giving, but for kids, it is also a time for dreaming. The Nutcracker performed by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is a classic ballet that has been seen across the globe, and it has become a tradition that many families in the United States enjoy around Christmas. The ballet is based on a story, "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King," that Prussian author E. T. A. Hoffmann wrote in 1816. Since then, it has been rewritten and modified for the stage.
The Wishful Thinking of a Child
The story is about a little girl, Clara, who gets a nutcracker for a gift on Christmas Eve. When she falls asleep, the toy becomes a real prince, and they journey together to reach the Sugar Plum Fairy. Clara is a princess in the dream, and during their journey, she and the Nutcracker encounter quite an adventure. They run into the Mouse King, who they must defeat to continue, and on the way they pass through the Land of Snow, which is a magical place for any child. All the girl’s toys come alive in this version of the ballet, and since this is performed in the city of Pittsburgh, local references are thrown into the show. These include things like penguin toys being present and the carriage having "H.J. Heinz Company" painted on the back.
Where can I buy The Nutcracker Pittsburgh tickets?
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At what venue can I find The Nutcracker performances in Pittsburgh?
This production is taking the stage at the Benedum Center throughout the month of December. The venue is located on Liberty Avenue, which is relatively easy to get to in the city.
How long can I expect the performance to last?
This performance is split into two acts that are both about the same length. There will be an intermission between the acts, but in total, the entire ballet will be about two hours, the average length for any full-length theatrical production.
What are some of the musical pieces I can hear throughout The Nutcracker?
Since this is a ballet, there is plenty of music associated with the performance. It is a lengthy ballet that features about 23 different musical numbers. These were all composed by Tchaikovsky, and they are worth exploring. Some of the more memorable numbers that you will hear in the ballet include "Toy Dolls," "The Battle," "Sugar Plum Fairy," Waltz of the Snowflakes" and "Marie’s Dream."
Should I bring my children to the performance of The Nutcracker?
Yes. This ballet has become a family favorite that people of all ages will love. In fact, the costume and dancing that you will see in this performance are part of what makes it so magical for children. This was not always a family-friendly ballet designed for children; in fact, the fight scene between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King was brutal and dark. Over the years, it became more of a kid-friendly option because families wanted to share watching the ballet during the Christmas season.
What are some similar shows I can see in Pittsburgh?
There are quite a few other performing arts options that you will be able to see in the city of Pittsburgh. A ballet you will want to check out is Coppelia. If you like the music of Tchaikovsky, there is also a Balanchine and Tchaikovsky performance set for April 2020 that you can get tickets for.Back to Top